Lilly Library Manuscript Collections

GT. BRIT. COURT OF CHANCERY MSS.

The Gt. Brit. Court of Chancery mss., 1679-1747, consist of negative photostats of legal records from the Chancery proceedings and Chancery masters exhibits in the Public Record Office, London. They related in the main to cases involving booksellers and printers. In the Chancery masters exhibits is the inventory and appraisement of Lord Byron's household goods, furniture and pictures in his house at Newstead in the county of Nottingham, James William Farrar, clerk. The Chancery proceedings, Six clerk series, 1692- 1709, are concerned with infringement of copyright, lawsuits with booksellers and printers, failure to pay debts, settlement of estates, purchase of historical collections, and a complaint for alleged breach of a company's patent for printing almanacs, Thomas Bridges, clerk. The Chancery proceedings, 1714-1758, deal with the payment of rent, wills, remuneration for performances at the Drury Lane Theatre, debts, and infringement of copyright, 1715-1747, Isaac Whittington, clerk.

For Chancery masters exhibits and Chancery proceedings see Montague Spencer Giuseppi, Guide to the Contents of the Public Record Office. London, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1963, vol. I, p. 31, 34. (Lilly CD1043 .A5 1963 v. 1).

For the identification of persons see Henry Robert Plomer, George Herbert Bushnell, Ernest Reginald McClintock Dix, A Dictionary of the Printers and Booksellers ... from 1726- 1775. Oxford. Printed for the Bibliographical Society at the Oxford University Press, 1932. (Lilly Z151 .D54); and Henry Robert Polmer, A Dictionary of the Printers and Booksellers ... from 1668 to 1725. Oxford. Printed for the Bibliographical Society at the Oxford University Press, 1922. (Lilly Z151 .D5).

Collection size: 50 items

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